Bad news for really, really ridiculously good looking people (sorry, Zoolander). According to new research, “attractive” people are pretty unlucky in love and relationships. Apparently, they’re more prone to short-term relationships, breakups, and divorces.
While “hot” guys and gals tend to have certain advantages in life like earning higher salaries (and, you know, being beautiful), this new study published in Personal Relationships points out that being really, really ridiculously good looking isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Sure, being gorgeous may increase a person’s ability to turn heads, however, it doesn’t promise you and Prince(ss) Charming that fairytale ending.
“Attractiveness gives you more options in terms of relationship alternatives, which might make it harder to protect a relationship from outside threats. In this sense, having too many other choices is likely not beneficial for relationship longevity,” social psychologist Christine Ma-Kellams said in her research.
In plain terms: Attractive people, well, attract more people. But apparently, that equals more breakups and fewer long-term love interests.
In the first part of the study, participants were asked to leaf through old yearbooks and rate people on their attractiveness. Then, they compared how many of those people were divorced. Turns out, they discovered that the more attractive peeps also had more breakups.
In the second part of the study, folks were asked to rank actors on IMDB by their perceived level of hotness. Then, researchers compared those celebs’ relationships, and also found that the more beautiful celebs were more likely to have shorter marriages and divorces. Which to us seems a little unfair, considering that many Hollywood relationships are plagued by extenuating circumstances like 24-7 spotlight exposure. But we see where they’re coming from.
Our two cents on the matter is this: The heart may want what it wants, but it’s what on the inside that counts. When you love people for who they are and not what they look like, and you’re on the right path to finding fulfilling, loving relationships.